Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
1 Corinthians 13:8-10
Reading 1 Corinthians 13 yesterday, being Valentine’s day, I was struck once again by a truth found in a few simple words in 1 Corinthians 13, ‘Love never fails’.
This got me thinking… if love can never fail then what we do in love can never fail either, surely it will also remain steadfast. The bible clearly tells us that Prophecy, speaking in tongues, and knowledge are all in part. However these things will pass away, but it is very clear on Love being never ending.
Please don’t get me wrong, of course it is biblical that Christians have gifts such as prophecy, to speak in tongues and to have knowledge but all of these things will pass away, all of these things are temporary. 1 Corinthians 12 points us in the direction of the gifts of the spirit, all of these are good and of God, they will even add meaning to our lives, but without love 1 Corinthians 13 verse 1 tells us that we are nothing but ‘clanging Cymbals’.
Yesterday I decided afresh to be a person who‘s impact on the word out lives the breathes that I take each day, and the days in which God grants me. I want to be a person who shows love on Valentine’s Day, and on the 3rd of March, or the 20th of July, a person who is willing to be love to others, showing Gods love on a regular basis.
The word of God unmistakably points out that:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.’
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
What have you done in love today? Who were you patient with when they may not have deserved it? Who have you honoured instead of tearing down? Have you let go of old hurts and chosen to protect, trust, hope and persevere?
Love is more than a feeling, or an emotion, love is an action word.
In our marriage, love is simple. It is as simple as Gerald making hot water bottles after a 16 hour shift just to keep my Reynaud’s at bay… My husband is selfless, not because it is his character but because he chooses to be selfless for me.
Love is more than a feeling, or an emotion, love is a choice.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.